Day At The Track

Sundees Son beats a tidy field in Gr1 Trot

10:49 PM 26 Apr 2019 NZST
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Four year old trotter Sundees Son put on a powerful display to win tonight's Gr1 $102,000 H R Frisken & Sons Anzac Cup at Alexandra Park.

Trained in Canterbury by Robert Dunn and driven by John Dunn, Sundees Son looked a forlorn chance in the feature trot after he settled last in the 13 horse field while another classy Canterbury trotter Marcoola ran smart sectionals at the head of the field.

Still a clear last at the 900m Sundees Son showed dazzling speed to loop the field to the death seat at the 600m before putting a gap in them at the turn and running home to win easily under his own steam.

Lemond went his usual honest race for second with Majestic man running home well for third.

Sundees Son (Majestic Son - Stardon) trotted the mobile in 2-41.6 only 0.3 outside the New Zealand record of 2-41.3 held by Marcoola.

The last 800m was trotted in 57.6 with a closing 400m in 28.4 seconds. The mile rate was a slick 1-58.2 for the 2200m.

John Dunn put his improvement this season down to the hard racing the gelding had as a two and three year old. 

"He got harded up as a 2yo with a lot of racing and then at three he backed up with more racing. It really mentally and physically toughened him up," he said.

"It was a good effort for a four year old to take on the open class trotters and beat them.

"A lot of credit has to go to Craig Edmonds. He has done a great job around home mucking around with his shoeing and mentally getting this horse ready as well, so credit to him," he said.

Sundees Son is currently at the top in the 4yo Harness Jewels Ruby Leaderboard with Majestic Man sitting in second place.


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